Laura Connor Memory Map - 1973

Completed size 48 x 168 inches, diptych

Ink and wood blocks mounted on wood with photographs and Photostat text.
Work in progress at John Gibson Gallery, New York.
Collection John Gibson, New York.

One of the 4 participants, Laura Connor, 81, recalled her childhood hometown of Marshville, North Carolina.

Review(s) on Laura Connor Memory Map, 1973

Roger Welch sets up a situation of investigation which involves the past as it is remembered in the present and fixed for the future in his written, filmed, and taped record. His role is gentle, catalytic, much like Richard Long's barely inflective walk. It depends on the participatory cooperation of the "subject" who reminisces; and this context in turn triggers the viewer's role.
Mary Delahoyd, Word Image Number, catalogue, Sarah Lawrence Gallery, Sept. 1975

I see memory as a sculpture created when the totality of an experience is partially forgotten as if carved away. In the Memory Map works, I sought to reveal this sculptural form.
Roger Welch, 1973